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In which I contemplate spending too much money on electronics - again. - Tactical Ninja

Oct. 4th, 2012

09:08 am - In which I contemplate spending too much money on electronics - again.

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Question for the cooking-ey type folks on here. When using reduced cream in cooking (things like stroganoff), what's a good way to counteract the sweetness? I am assuming someone here will go "Duh, salt", but would that actually counteract it, or just add another flavour? I'm hoping for something that will just.. savouryise it.

Also, I'm allowed to make up words because I'm a parent. Logic. I has it.

In other news, every computer upgrade I've ever done has been driven by a game, and I feel another one coming on.


The same night I finished the staff, I also finished Mass Effect 2. It did manage to grab me in the end with its story and characters and interesting variety of gameplay. This is a good thing. I disagree that it beats the DA series, but it's definitely in my top 5. I found the somewhat linear questline nice - my OCD doesn't like that bit at the start of most games where you have a million quests all over the shop and no idea where to start systematically ticking them off, and ME2 didn't do that. It gave me a manageable number with a logical sequence and the sidequests were all very short, so not detracting from the main plot or forcing you to leave an area uncompleted or backtrack.

I also liked the small manageable chunks of questing. I could sit down with only 40 minutes of time to play, and complete something in that time. This is something DA2 did really well too, and it works for those of us who snatch gametime between work and other life stuff.

I ended up being disappointed by the Garrus romance conclusion. It was awkward and sweet and I liked how he made himself vulnerable in the end (loved the forehead press), but the second I saw him in his casual clothes I was all "OH GOD NO!" He has weird legs. And I'm saying that in the full awareness that the dude has mandibles and still manages to be sexy. But those skinny legs with the huge gap between them, sticking out from under an outfit that makes me internally cringe, just.. no.


Phwoar.


Um.. not.


Let no one say that I am a xenophobe. But I am shallow. ;-)

Anyway, when I play ME3 I'll probably still romance him because Jacob's still boring and Thane doesn't want to talk to me. I think they are both still alive. It was actually hard to tell - at the end there was just this cutscene and I tried to do a headcount but failed. There was no opportunity to check up and see who died, but nobody obviously did. Hmm..

Anyway, so I installed The Bard's Tale and Skyrim. I suspect I'll end up playing The Bard's Tale (argh isometric!)because it seems my graphics card can't quite cope with Skyrim. I have the settings on medium which is lower than I normally run games, and it's doing a regular freeze/blackscreen/continue thing while it thinks about it. By regular I mean about once a minute. It has 512MB RAM but that's the minimum required to run Skyrim and, well.. it sucks, essentially.

I know how this goes. Get a better graphics card and more motherboard RAM. Discover that to run that you need a bigger power supply. Realise that your motherboard was last updated to play DA:O in 2009 and that by the time DA3 comes out, Skyrim level requirements will be standard. So part of me is wondering whether to bite the bullet now and just do it.

Part of me would like to drop a couple of grand and get a system like Dr Wheel's. But he says high end systems tend to be finicky. I reckon it's not the high end system, it's the high end geeks that buy them, that tend to be tweaky and fiddle-y. He was all "You wound me!" But.. well, I know a lot of geeks.

But anyway, yes. Moar graphics needed. Again. *sigh*


As you can see, the 30 day meme lasted all of 2 days. Cue a huge sigh of relief from my friends list. Ah well.

So anyway, last night I started making Freedom's Call. To make this one, I'm going to have to learn:

Part of why I do these things is the buzz of working out how to do them, and learning new skills. But when I'm old I'll have a house full of pretty-but-useless retro videogame references. Oh well, could be worse, eh?

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From:bekitty
Date:October 3rd, 2012 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Plain salt should work quite well, actually. Soy sauce would also do at a pinch, but if you just want to make it less sweet, then salt is your best bet. I believe it's the sodium content that cuts the sweetness -- that's why things like Moro bars have such a high sodium content.

Personally, I'd use marscapone instead of reduced cream in the first place, because it's a far more neutral flavour to start with. YMMV.
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From:tyellas
Date:October 3rd, 2012 08:58 pm (UTC)
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If I don't want that sweetness, I don't use reduced cream/condensed milk. Period. For stroganoff I'd use sour cream, which is the opposite of sweet!

The NZ cooking "Use reduced cream/condensed milk! In everything!" is, to me as a Foreigner, very strange. Perhaps it's a leftover from the days of isolated farm kitchens.
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From:tatjna
Date:October 3rd, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I think that's a bit unfair actually. This is the first time a recipe (NZ or otherwise) I've used has asked for reduced cream.

Having said that, I'll definitely try the sour cream. I like the richness of the cream that nothing else seems to bring, but the sweetness was.. not that nice. Thanks for the tip!
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From:tyellas
Date:October 4th, 2012 12:57 am (UTC)
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Gosh! I've seen "reduced cream" used/recommended a lot in recipes here - mostly in advertisements, now that I think about it. Salad dressings, curries, stroganoff (seen that one before). So maybe, apart from the salad dressing (that one seems to be a classic), the reduced cream producers are making their product ooze into other areas of cooking?
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From:tatjna
Date:October 4th, 2012 12:59 am (UTC)
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Must.Sell.More.Dairy.

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From:rivet
Date:October 4th, 2012 01:46 am (UTC)
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Ditto for me. Sour cream or even a mixture of sour cream and plain yogurt.
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From:fushia_darkness
Date:October 3rd, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
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Salt should balance the taste without adding too much flavor. Might make the taste a bit more 'round' if you get what I mean. My grandma always added a pinch of sugar to salty dishes as well as a pinch of salt to sugary dishes, just so the flavor would be more balanced. She was great at cooking.

I highly recommend sour cream. When/if I cook anything with a sauce I almost always use it. Soo good with the richness combined with sour flavor :)
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